Kawasaki Z Series

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Kawasaki Z Series

As Japanese manufacturers moved away large capacity 2-strokes. focus moved towards capacity 4 cylinder 4-strokes. by the need to meet ever emission standards. Honda, a stalwart of 4-… engines, the trend with their four which they in 1969 (much to the chagrin of the management).

Long considered in street bike performance their triple cylinder Kawasaki came to the market a new 4 cylinder 4-… in 1972. But new bike was not as originally planned, a engined machine, it was a 900-cc The new Superbike was an instant success.

Going back to the middle the Kawasaki management had instigated the of a new 4-… 750. Code the T103 and coordinated by Sam Tanegashima, the new launch was shelved when beat them to the market After extensive market amongst riders, dealers and magazine editors, Kawasaki that a larger capacity would be the way to go.

Z1 is Launched

The first Z1 was in 1972 and featured:


capacity engine producing bhp (82 ps)

5 speed gearbox with final drive

4 carburetors

double cradle frame

Wet clutch

Contact point (two sets, one for cylinders and one set for 2-3)

4 separate exhausts

Single rotor (disc) drum rear

Top speed in of 130 mph

Initial retail price

Model identification:

Frame Z1F-000001

Engine Numbers:

To keep pace with competitors, and to maintain market the Z series machines were modified. Cosmetic changes typically included in each year as were changes to the and size of the side panels and tank.

Major changes included:

Z900 -A4

Twin front

Smaller carburetors (26-mm)

Numbers: Z1F-085701

Engine Z1E-086001

1977 Z1000-A1

capacity increased to 1015-cc larger bore)

Four two muffler system

Rear replaced the drum brake

Numbers: KZT00A-000001

Engine KZT00AE-000001

1978 Z1000-D1 Z1R

First Caf- racer styling

into one muffler system

wheel diameter reduced to 18

spoke wheels replaced by spoke aluminum design


Drilled rotors

start (kick start was available under the seat)

back to 28-mm

Power to 90 hp

20 liter fuel tank

Numbers: KZT00D-000001

Engine KZT00DE-000001

1979/1980 Z1000-A3/A4

Power increased to 93 hp


Cam cover ends changed to a design

Engine painted

Frame number: KZT00A-038427

number: KZT00AE-081566

Frame KZT00E-000101

Engine number:

1978/1979 Z1-R TC

Turbo variant

Power between 100 hp and 145 hp on the boost)

Top speed over 150 mph

Z1000-H1 EFI

Electronic fuel

Gold wheels

Power to 96 hp

Frame number: KZT00H-000001

number: KZT00HE- 000001

range from $18,000 for an (1972) Z1, to around $3,000 for the 1015-cc version.

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